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April 28, 2014

C2E2 — CHICAGO’S ‘COMICS’ COMICON #smefunhouse #c2e2

The winter soldier himself, Captain America, was there to greet fans as they entered the meeting hall.

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The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo — that’s C2E2 to us all — took place last weekend, April 25-27 in the Windy City. This was event #5 for the successful convention, and it drew thousands of excited fans from all over the country.

Now I’m old enough to remember the old Chicago Con from the 70s through the 90s. This was a wonderful ‘mom and pop’ show that was put on by fans and designed for fans. You would see the same staff working every year and it had a marvelous family atmosphere.

The world has changed and conventions have taken on a new face. The venerable con of yore has been replaced by corporate mega-shows that are more about mass media autograph-and-photo-op events than anything else. Very little has much to do with comics.

This was a perfect opportunity for the fine folks at Reed Pop to step in and fill that void. ReedPOP also runs New York Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, UFC Fan Expo and Penny Arcade Expo.

What they bring each year is an excellent, primarily comics-oriented show that is aimed squarely at comics fans. But there’s enough pop-culture content to satisfy the most eclectic of tastes.

They use  the tried-and-true mixture. Big-name comics guests (Stan Lee, Brian Azzarello, Adam Hughes), media guests (Chandler Riggs, Tony Todd, Hulk Hogan) lots of dealers and plenty of high-caliber cosplay.  This was my fourth one, and each has been a delight.

If you didn’t make it, here’s the story in pictures so you can see what you missed. If you did attend, enjoy this reprise of a truly memorable weekend!

DAS BUS. One of the best aspects of C2E2 is their attention to detail. That includes providing free shuttle buses that travel from different downtown Chicago points and deliver you to the show's location at McCormick Place. They're life-savers!

DAS BUS. One of the best aspects of C2E2 is their attention to detail. That includes providing free shuttle buses that travel from different downtown Chicago points and deliver you to the show’s location at McCormick Place. They’re life-savers!

 

 

One of the best costumes I saw at C2E2 was this awesome old-school Mr. Freeze! The creator must have spent hours to get all the details right! I hope he won some sort of award for this fine effort! Following are some equally impressive cosplay commandoes! Hats off to their creativity and passion!

One of the best costumes I saw at C2E2 was this awesome old-school Mr. Freeze! The creator must have spent hours to get all the details right! I hope he won some sort of award for this fine effort! Following are some equally impressive cosplay commandoes! Hats off to their creativity and passion!

 

 

It looked like 1967 all over again with Deanna Cooper channeling Nichelle Nichols' 'Lt. Uhura' from the original 'Star Trek' series. Isn't there a strong resemblance?

It looked like 1967 all over again with Deanna Cooper channeling Nichelle Nichols’ ‘Lt. Uhura’ from the original ‘Star Trek’ series. Isn’t there a strong resemblance?

 

 

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The winter soldier himself, Captain America, was there to greet fans as they entered the meeting hall.

The winter soldier himself, Captain America, was there to greet fans as they entered the meeting hall.

 

 

Another trademark of C2E2 is the great DJ they have out in the lobby. His funkadelic music got fans literally dancing in the aisles.

Another trademark of C2E2 is the great DJ they have out in the lobby. His funkadelic music got fans literally dancing in the aisles.

 

 

The upcoming 'Godzilla' movie meant that merchandise relating to the Big G. was everywhere. The whole pantheon of Japanese monsters could be found on dealer's tables throughout the show.

The upcoming ‘Godzilla’ movie meant that merchandise relating to the Big G. was everywhere. The whole pantheon of Japanese monsters could be found on dealer’s tables throughout the show.

 

 

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Many of the major publishers had elaborate displays at the convention. Here's Dark Horse Comics' jam-packed superstore.

Many of the major publishers had elaborate displays at the convention. Here’s Dark Horse Comics’ jam-packed superstore.

 

 

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The Candyman himself, actor Tony Todd, appeared with two of his co-stars from the cult movie, 'The Crow'. The old cliche is true--horror film actors are usually the nicest people around. Mr. Todd was certainly no exception. He greeted each of his many fans warmly and took time to speak with them. Classy guy!

The Candyman himself, actor Tony Todd, appeared with two of his co-stars from the cult movie, ‘The Crow’. The old cliche is true–horror film actors are usually the nicest people around. Mr. Todd was certainly no exception. He greeted each of his many fans warmly and took time to speak with each them. Classy guy!

 

The Candyman loves Sam Maronies Entertainment Funhouse----doesn't everyone?

The Candyman loves Sam Maronies Entertainment Funhouse—-doesn’t everyone?

 

 

 

It was Year Two for Chicago Bears player Israel Idonije's Athlitacomics imprint. Their flagship title, 'The Protectors' has developed into a big hit. They were premiering their special #1 edition at the show for eager fans.

It was Year Two for Chicago Bears player Israel Idonije’s Athlita Comics imprint. Their flagship title, ‘The Protectors’ has developed into a big hit. They were premiering their special #1 edition at the show for eager fans.

 

 

Blogmeister Sam poses with his ol' buddy, Athlita Comics publisher  and head honcho Israel Idonije. When he's not playing pro football for teams like the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions, Israel writes Athlita's flagship title 'The Protectors.'

Blogmeister Sam poses with his ol’ buddy, Athlita Comics publisher and head honcho Israel Idonije. When he’s not playing pro football for teams like the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions, Israel writes Athlita’s flagship title ‘The Protectors.’

 

Brit Aly Fell was on hand to promote his upcoming 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' book. Dark Horse has based much of their success licensing pop-culture properties for comics adaptations.

Brit Aly Fell was on hand to promote his upcoming ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ book. Dark Horse has based much of their success licensing pop-culture properties for comics adaptations.

 

 

Here'e an example of Aly Fell's beautiful painting! What a great talent!

Here’e an example of Aly Fell’s beautiful painting! What a great talent!

 

 

The greatest part of any convention is meeting up with old friends. The man behind the shades is Chicago artist Franchesco. The talented draftsman has a dozen or so projects in the pipeline, as well as his thriving commission work. I have had one of his beautiful drawing on my office wall for years---it's a treasure. So is Franchesco!

The greatest part of any convention is meeting up with old friends. The man behind the shades is Chicago artist Franchesco. The talented draftsman has a dozen or so projects in the pipeline, as well as his thriving commission work. I have had one of his beautiful drawing on my office wall for years—it’s a treasure. So is Franchesco!

 

 

Artist Adam Hughes pauses from his work to pose for the Funhouse camera. His lines of fans never let up the whole weekend.

Artist Adam Hughes pauses from his work to pose for the Funhouse camera. His lines of fans never let up the whole weekend.

 

 

Artist Gene Ha.

Artist Gene Ha.

 

 

Eric Powell, creator of 'The Goon.'

Eric Powell, creator of ‘The Goon.’

 

 

Artist Alex Saviuk makes sure everyone knows who he is!

Artist Alex Saviuk makes sure everyone knows who he is!

 

 

Bob Layton has done it all! Artist....editor....writer....industry excec. He's truly a many of many awesome talents. Credit Bob and writer David Michelinie for reviving Iron Man back in the 90s when the strip was facing declining sales and probably cancellation. Their fresh concepts made ol' shell-head one of Marvel's biggest stars.

Bob Layton has done it all! Artist….editor….writer….industry excec. He’s truly a many of many awesome talents. Credit Bob and writer David Michelinie for reviving Iron Man back in the 90s when the strip was facing declining sales and probably cancellation. Their fresh concepts made ol’ shell-head one of Marvel’s biggest stars.

 

 

Spider-Man and Batman artist Mark Bagley.

Spider-Man and Batman artist Mark Bagley.

 

 

'Batman' penciller Scott Snyder waves to his many fans.

‘Batman’ penciller Scott Snyder waves to his many fans.

 

 

Buzz refused to take his hat off for a photo---but we took it anyway!

Buzz refused to take his hat off for a photo—but we took it anyway!

 

 

Veteran artist Dan Jurgens has been in the comics industry for years and has worked for about every publisher around.

Veteran artist Dan Jurgens has been in the comics industry for years and has worked for about every publisher around.

 

 

Tom Richmond labors on one of his great caricatures for a fan. Richmond is a regular contributor to Mad Magazine. And yes, they still do publish it!

Tom Richmond labors on one of his great caricatures for a fan. Richmond is a regular contributor to Mad Magazine. And yes, they still do publish it!

 

 

There were some writers in attendance! Here's scribe Peter Tomasi showing off some of his work.

There were some writers in attendance! Here’s scribe Peter Tomasi showing off some of his work.

 

Writer Greg Pak scripts the adventures of Superman for DC comics' venerable 'Action Comics' flagship title. The Man of Steel made his debut in that magazine in 1938.

Writer Greg Pak scripts the adventures of Superman for DC comics’ venerable ‘Action Comics’ flagship title. The Man of Steel made his debut in that magazine in 1938.

 

 

Lee Bermejo

Lee Bermejo

 

 

Blogmeister Sam strikes a pose on the C2E2 runway. This was a great vantage point to people-watch and take in all the great costumes!

Blogmeister Sam strikes a pose on the C2E2 runway. This was a great vantage point to people-watch and take in all the great costumes!

 

I just checked the C2E2 website, and they’ve already announced their next show for 2015. I guarantee I’ll be there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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